This 17 day overland tour journeys from Istanbul to Tehran through Iran, Turkey
Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA code: IST).
There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip.
The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal Blue Mosque!
In Istanbul we will stay in dorm accommodation in a fantastic hostel with good facilities, which is a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Istanbul before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Dragoman Sales Team or your Sales agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Istanbul.
* Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details. *
This morning following breakfast we will depart Istanbul and begin our journey to the shores of Gallipoli.
After lunch we will get an insight into what happened between the ANZAC, Allied and Turkish foreces during the first World War and have a guided tour of the Battlefields and Anzac Cove.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours
Tonight we will stay in a local hostel in Ecebat
Today we will cross the Dardenelles by ferry and head to Helsik where we will do a short tour of the Troy Ruins.
We will then continue onto Selcuk where we will be staying for two nights. In the evening we will have free time to explore the area or simply relax in one of the many cafes or tea bars which are great for people watching.
The second day we will spend the day exploring the Ephesus Ruins and Terraced Houses.
Estimated Drive Time 7 - 8 hours
For the next two nights we will stay in a local hostel
Following breakfast we will drive inland towards the small village of Pamukkale.
After lunch we will have free time to visit the thermal hot springs and traverse through the travertine pools and terraces.
Estimate driving time 3 - 4 hours
Tonight we will either camp near the village or stay in a local hotel
Today we continue our drive south and aim to reach the popular beach town of Olympos by lunchtime.
We will have free time in the afternoon to relax or explore the local area.
Estimate Drive Time 5 - 6 hours
On the second day there will be plenty of time to explore and participate in optional activities, in the evening we will walk up to the Chimera Fire Mountain and toast some marshmallows
Tonight we will stay in a basic guesthouse
After breakfast we will leave the beachside town of Olympos and make our way north.
We will have an included visit of Termessos on the way before continuing our journey towards Egirdir where we will find a good spot to bush camp for the night.
Estimated Drive time 6 - 7 hours
Tonight we will wild camp near Egirdir
We have an early start this morning to reach the small enchanting town of Goreme in the heart of the Cappadocia mountians.
In Goreme we will stay in a well-equipped hostel - please note that dorm beds are generally used here.
Estimated Drive Time 6-7 hours
We now have a full day to explore Goreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will also be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during your time here.
Over the next two days we will travel through the stunning landscapes in eastern Turkey towards the Kurdish town of Do ubayaz t.
We will aim to wild camp or stay at a basic local campsite near Mount Nemrut on the first night, and near Lake Nemrut on the second.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours each day.
Today we will complete our drive to the Kurdish town of Do ubayaz t. On arrival we will have an included visit to the Ishak Pasha Palace and enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes and the nearby Mount Ararat.
In Do ubayaz t we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Border Information: Exit Turkey at Gurbulak, enter Iran at Bazargan.
Today we will drive across the Iranian border to the city of Tabriz, where we will have free time to explore some of the sights of the old town.
In Tabriz we will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
Today we will continue our journey east to the small town of Zanjan, where we have free time to explore and possibly visit the fascinating historical laundry hall of Rakhatshor-Khaneh.
In Zanjan we will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Today we will have an included visit to the impressive Dome of Soltaniyeh, just outside of Zanjan. The 14th-century mausoleum is the 3rd largest dome in the world.
After our visit we will continue our drive to the buzzing and chaotic Iranian capital of Tehran.
In Tehran we will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Border Information: If leaving in Tehran, you will most likely exit Iran at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IATA code: IKA).
This morning we will have an included tour of the stunning Golestan Palace and the fascinating National Museum of Iran.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tehran. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight.
Please note that due to restrictions on citizens of the UK, USA and Canada being permitted to remain unaccompanied in Iran, we will only be able to book one extra night of accommodation in Tehran for these nationalities at the end of this trip. You will also be required to book an airport transfer in advance via Dragoman. Please ensure the correct dates for your plans are clearly stated on all your visa applications.
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Trip Name: Turkey and Tehran Trails
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: $3,110
Supplier Tour ID: ZTI1/250888
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